Animation Professor – USF School of Art and Art History

The School of Art and Art History at the University of South Florida invites applications for a 9-month, faculty position in Animation at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure Earning.

Years toward Tenure may be awarded. Appointment to begin August 7, 2019. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Qualifications: MFA in Animation or MFA in Studio Art, Filmmaking or relevant field with significant professional experience in Animation.

Applicants should have demonstrable experience in creative applications of moving image animation with an emphasis in 2D or 3D animation. The candidate should have the ability to teach a range of skill sets including digital and traditional, as well as unconventional methods and approaches to moving images.

Knowledge of current approaches, practices, techniques, technology and issues as related to teaching Animation is essential. The applicant must be able to develop new curricula, and teach courses ranging from undergraduate non-majors to art specialization majors, as well as mentoring and teaching graduate students in an interdisciplinary MFA program.

Applicant will demonstrate teaching and research experiences that address diverse cultural issues or backgrounds. The ideal candidate will have a strong technical and theoretical foundation, as well as expansive approach that embraces the evolving role of the moving image in society. An awareness of contemporary visual culture and animation history and theory is highly desirable.

Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a record of producing and exhibiting original creative work at the national-international level. They will have the ability to help shape the future of Animation within the School of Art and Art History, and to be able to expand the range of the program through interdisciplinary and unconventional creative research.

The candidate should demonstrate relevant expertise in two or more of the following areas: 2D Animation, Storyboarding and Visual Storytelling, Character Design, 3D Modeling, Motion Graphics, Digital Illustration/Concept Art, Character Rigging and Character Animation. Knowledge of software for instruction includes: Adobe After Effects, Toon Boom Harmony and the CC Suite of software for 2D animation. Experience with Autodesk Maya for 3D animation, Zbrush, Cinema 4D, Unity 3D, Unreal or Substance Designer is a plus. Minimum two years teaching after completion of MFA is preferred.

How to Apply: Interested and qualified candidates must search for Job Opening Number 21107 and complete the University’s online application at usf.edu/work-at-usf.

1. Your letter of interest

2. Curriculum vitae

3. Artist statement

4. Statement of teaching philosophy

5. Contact information for 3 references. Additional references may be requested.

6. Applicants must submit links to a curated online portfolio of works that may include a demo reel, and 5-15 digital files composed of completed animation projects and images. If the works require passwords for viewing, please include them. Files that cannot be easily accessed may not be reviewed.

7. A separate online portfolio of 10 – 20 student works must also be accessible online as examples of teaching. Please include your experience is it related to the qualifications stated above.

Note: All items listed in #1-7 must be in one attachment. Only online applications are accepted for this position.